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Pierre Escobar

l'atelier

http://www.latelier.work

Charlottenstraße 2, Berlin, Germany
L’atelier is a multidisciplinary design, architecture and urbanism studio founded by Pierre Escobar in 2017 and based between Berlin and Paris. The approach of l’atelier is deeply territorial and rooted in a belief that architecture should be based on typologies and strategies. We do not believe in style or form - instead, our approach is to understand and master the context as a foundation for content.`

Urban Micro Living


Small housing is not a choice! How do we deal with this?

Urban Micro Living


Small housing is not a choice! How do we deal with this?
A toolbox of architectural solutions to tackle the problem of small housing
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

With the increasing real estate pressure of the neoliberal city and the financiarisation of the real estate market on one side, and the increasing attractivity of dense economic hubs on the other, the topic of small housing is becoming an unavoidable reality.

Over the past two years, l’atelier has designed more than 30 small apartments around several European cities. The practical experience gained showed us that similar problematics reoccur in different contexts. It led us to develop a toolbox of architectural solutions in order to increase life quality in existing small affordable homes.

Our research project is influenced by theories of city planning which are applied on the small scale. We consider the design of a house to be like a mini masterplan and an extension of public space. Our toolbox is an open research project alternating between theory and practice.


Small housing typology toolbox

Case study 01

Case study 02

Case study 03

Urban Micro Living


Small housing is not a choice! How do we deal with this?

Urban Micro Living


Small housing is not a choice! How do we deal with this?
A toolbox of architectural solutions to tackle the problem of small housing
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

With the increasing real estate pressure of the neoliberal city and the financiarisation of the real estate market on one side, and the increasing attractivity of dense economic hubs on the other, the topic of small housing is becoming an unavoidable reality.

Over the past two years, l’atelier has designed more than 30 small apartments around several European cities. The practical experience gained showed us that similar problematics reoccur in different contexts. It led us to develop a toolbox of architectural solutions in order to increase life quality in existing small affordable homes.

Our research project is influenced by theories of city planning which are applied on the small scale. We consider the design of a house to be like a mini masterplan and an extension of public space. Our toolbox is an open research project alternating between theory and practice.


Small housing typology toolbox

Case study 01

Case study 02

Case study 03


Idea by

Pierre Escobar
l'atelier
Charlottenstraße 2
Berlin
Germany
L’atelier is a multidisciplinary design, architecture and urbanism studio founded by Pierre Escobar in 2017 and based between Berlin and Paris. The approach of l’atelier is deeply territorial and rooted in a belief that architecture should be based on typologies and strategies. We do not believe in style or form - instead, our approach is to understand and master the context as a foundation for content.`